Replace radio with aux-in only?
February 24, 2014 10:57 AM Subscribe
My car radio was stolen last night, and I'd like to turn this tragedy into something awesome. I've always wanted to have a custom setup that consisted only of a volume knob and an aux in. I don't know how to design circutry, but I can follow instructions. What do I need to do to make this work?
posted by jsturgill to Technology (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I can fabricate the faceplate so it looks exactly like I want; it's the wiring and electrical components that I'm unsure of. I haven't looked at the mess dangling from the empty hole in the dashboard yet, but I'm sure it includes the standard wires:
There's no power antenna to worry about.
What items do I need to connect that jazz to headphone jack input (and perhaps also SPIDF and/or RCA) + volume knob? How do they need to be wired, where can I order the the necessary circuitry?
I'm hoping to find a sweet old stereo from a thrift store that has the perfect knob to reuse, if possible, but am open to not doing so if that greatly adds to the complexity compared to just purchasing a knob of a certain type. (I think the 70s may have been the height of control knob craftmanship and feel.)
As an aside, are there better sites to post this sort of thing that are perhaps more focussed on this sort of problem?